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>>> the cabinet reshuffle continues, and next in the hot seat, jack lew. it is wednesday, january 9th, and this is "now." >>> joining me today, "rolling stones" eric bates, heather mcgee, former traveling press secretary for the obama campaign jen psaki, and the effortlessly elegant msnbc contributor jonathan capehart of "the washington post." at a time of great fiscal uncertainty and belt tightening, president obama is poised to nominate as the next treasury secretary a man who brings his lunch to work every day, a cheese sandwich and apple to be precise, president obama will reportedly tap jack lew tomorrow to replace timothy geithner. lew would take over on the eve of another debt ceiling battle. in round one during the summer of 2011, boehner's top staffer called lew's debt ceiling negotiations disrespectful and dismissive. according to david plouffe, that is because jack knows the numbers and republicans couldn't pull a fast one. two names are being floated to replace lew, dennis mcdonagh, currently his deputy national security adviser and ron klain. but the latest cabinet nomi
." >>> loyal lew. the president flushing out the second term cabinet today promoting the chief of staff jack lew to run the treasury. >> so for all of the talk out there about deficit reduction, making sure our books are balanced, this is the guy who did it. three times. over the past year, i have sought jack's advice on virtually every decision from economic policy to foreign policy. >> it signals a shift in white house priorities. if confirmed, lew replaces tim geithner whose background helped him navigate the financial vie sis and new wall street regulations and lew spent three years working with wall street the background is in budget fights and matches washington's new focus. lew was an aide to tip o'neill in the '80s helping score the social security deal with president reagan, led the budget office under president clinton and obama and helping not only to balance the budget in the '90s but generate a surplus. two years ago, he helped negotiate the budget control act. politico puts it this way. tim geithner was a banking man tapped to handle a banking crisis. jack lew is a budget guy b
? >> not that i'm aware of. >> that is jack lew, the president's nominee for treasury secretary. what we know about him besides that weird looking signature? >>> and does president obama need a binderful of women or is that overblown? tweet me @thomasroberts. when what you just bought, just broke. or when you have a little trouble a long way from home... as an american express cardmember you can expect some help. but what you might not expect, is you can get all this with a prepaid card. spends like cash. feels like membership. that's a good thing, but it doesn't cover everything. only about 80% of your part b medical expenses. the rest is up to you. so consider an aarp medicare supplement insurance plan, insured by unitedhealthcare insurance company. like all standardized medicare supplement plans, they help save you up to thousands in out-of-pocket costs. call today to request a free decision guide. with these types of plans, you'll be able to visit any doctor or hospital that accepts medicare patients... plus, there are no networks, and you'll never need a referral to see a specialist. joi
>>> there's jack lew's signature. we could have a pretty ugly signature on our dollar bill. >> i mean, is this even a signature? or did he start drawing charlie brown and give up after the hair? good grief. and it got no better when lew explained his fiscal philosophy saying, quote, i describe budgets as tapestry. nation.s woven together, it >> i tried. still doesn't even look good. good morning and welcome to "way too early," the show that's proudly ranked just ahead of doctors at our penmanship class. we have a lot to talk about, including a white house meeting on gun control between vice president biden and leaders of the national rifle association. i'll tell you why the nra leaders walked away disappointed. plus, the pentagon tightens its belts ahead of possible cuts. >>> first, our top story at 5:30 a.m. here at 30 rock in new york city. amid a national debate about guns and violence, a california teacher and a campus supervisor are being credited for heroic actions yesterday during yet another school shooting. it happened in taft, california, around the same time vice presi
signature. this is jack lew. all signs point to president obama say i knowing him to replace tim geithner. and if he is nominated and confirmed, that will mean that our money might end up looking like this. because that is jack lew's signature on it. if he doesn't choose to tune up the legibility of the loop de loops like tim geithner did, our money mite look like this. what "new york" magazine described as a slinky that has lost its spring, republicans in washington are hinting that we won't actually have to worry about seeing jack lew's wacky signature on our money. they're saying he doesn't have to worry about changing the signature to it looks good on the money because he, jack lew, will never be the guy who has to actually sign the money. he will never be treasury secretary. politico.com today to be, quote, scoffing at the notion of jack lew as treasury secretary. mitch mcconnell is said to have been irked by mr. lew in the past. republican senator from nebraska, mike johanns called lew a controversial pick. the reasonable he is controversial is, quote, i think there are nick policie
voice vowing to block jack lew, coming up we'll have an opportunity to speak with bernie sanders liberal leaning independent who says lew is wrong for america's middle tax. >>> john boehner inviting president obama to deliver the state of the u.n. i don't address to the joint congress february the 12th. a couple of weeks away. >>> president obama is meetinging with afghanistan president hamid karzai at the white house. how many u.s. troops should stay in afghanistan after 2014, if any at all. we'll talk more about that. >>> plus, the flu, now widespread in nearly all 50 states and even if you did not get vaccinated. there's a chance you could still get sick? we'll bring you the details. >>> the big question of you, do you think the hollywood and gaming industry will be as on stin at as the nra when it comes to finding solutions to gun violence? sometimes what we suffer from is bigger than we think ... like the flu. with aches, fever and chills- the flu's a really big deal. so why treat it like it's a little cold? there's something that works differently than over-the-counter remedies. pr
, the president nominated the current white house chief of staff jack lew to replace timothy geithner. >> jack has my complete trust. i know i'm not alone in that. in the words of one former senator, having lew on your team is the equivalent of a coach of having the luxury of putting somebody at almost any position and knowing he will do well. >> joining me is john harwood, a lot of nice compliments for mr. lew. we do we anticipate any trouble? we have heard one or two republicans expressing unhappiness with the selection. >> reporter: well, i just got a tweet from his former spokesman at omb which said that jack lew before the full senate for confirmation five times. not a single no vote so far. i would not expect that to be the case this time but i don't think there's a serious threat to the nomination. jack lew is confident, self effacing. he is easy to get along with. yes, a tough negotiator. some republicans didn't like that. yes, some republicans don't like president obama's economic policies. fair enough. that's not much of a reason to vote against him. i wouldn't expect much opposition. >>
of staff. joining me is kristen welker. >> i can tell you that jack lew has been the leading candidate for this spot. this is someone with experience in the white house and capitol hill. he served as an aide to former house speaker tip o'neal. director of the onb twice. and of course, the chief of staff to the white house, president obama, and has helped the president navigate tough policy issues including that fight over the fiscal cliff in which president obama what many consider a fight with republicans to increasing taxes on wealthier americans. so this is someone who president obama has a very good working relationship with. and, of course, this is a key moment. it's a critical moment to take over the spot as treasury secretary. because there are three big budget matters looming. of course, they're going to have to deal with the debt ceiling, the fiscal cliff and the all in the comes months. >> kristen, we look at the optics of this, the inner circle being all white men. what is the tone in washington especially since was the obama coalition that got obama in for a second term? >>
ahead we'll have more on the president's cabinet reshuffle, including the nomination of jack lew to lead the treasury department. but, first, it is target tuesday. that's the day when vice president joe biden says he'll present his recommendations on preventing gun violence to the president. biden made the announcement as he met with hunting groups and gun advocates, including the nra. and he said a con shen sus is emerging over proposals such as expanding background checks and banning high-capacity magazines. >> you all know this is a complicated issue. there's no singular solution. but there's also things we know. we know that there are certain actions we take that have diminished, have diminished the extent of the gun violence that otherwise would be occurring in the united states. >> indeed. that violence is continuing apace even as mr. biden addressed the media. news broke of a high school shooting today in taft, california. a 16-year-old victim air lifted to a hospital, now in critical but table condition with the alleged shooter, another 16-year-old student, in custody. police say
-time. he is talking about jack lew to be secretary of the treasury are. there is not even one controversial episode in jack lew's entire life history. but senator jeff sessions who is not even a member of the committee that will definitely vote to confirm jack lew is trying to make his confirmation controversial perhaps because he still hasn't gotten over the fact that the senate judiciary committee voted against his nomination to be a federal judge in 1986. joy read the jack lew thing it doesn't get less controversial than this. poor little jeff sessions isn't going to get to ask him questions in the hearing because he isn't on the hear. >> this is like confirmation theater. darn it they were nominated by barack obama. they have the bam of stain on them. lew's issue is his weird signature. >> right. eugene robinson. you have seen this stuff over the years. take us through what is going to happen with haegle. you have the secretary of defense. something that bill clinton did. and republicans are going no, we don't like this guy. i think what is going to happen is a lot of nose and complaini
on his chief of staff, jack lew, to fill the slot at treasury, being vacanted by secretary geithner. lew has gone before the full senate for confirmation more than once in the past four years. he hasn't gotten a no vote yet. and the president doesn't expect one now. >> jack has my complete trust. i know i'm not alone in that. in the words of one former senator, "having lew on your team is the equivalent as a coach the luxury of having somebody in almost any position and knowing he will do well." and i could not agree more. so i hope the senate will confirm him as quickly as possible. >> one thing lew may have to work on, though, if he gets the job, his signature. yes. this string of loops is actually jack lew's signature. and it's not a small thing, considering it would go on all the new dollar bills. that's the first one we would see. and frankly, a lot of currency over the next few years. >> jack assures me that he is going to work to make at least one letter legible -- [ laughter ] -- in order to debase our currency, should he be confirmed as secretary of the treasury. >> all kidding
daily run-down." >> president obama makes his pick for the top spot at treasury. is jack lew ready for a full-blown fight over the debt ceiling in his first month on the job? pocket change. you heard about this idea. the trillion dollar coin to handle the debt ceiling. well, today we will tell you where it all started and whether or not it is really something president obama might use. they won't rule it out important some reason. and back to the future. the gun debate of 1994 had many lessons for the fight unfolding today. what can president obama learn from president clinton's success? good morning from washington. thursday, january 10, 2013. this is "the daily run-down." i'm chuck todd. let's get to my first read of the morning. this afternoon president obama will formally name his chief of staff, jack lew, to replace treasury secretary tim geithner. a sign the white house expects a big fight over the federal budget lew is the safe pick. he has been confirmed twice by the senate before. just in this administration. if confirmed in time, he can face his first test next month over
personnel announcements, the president does. secondly, i would say that jack lew, who is the president's chief of staff, has been and continues to be an extremely valuable adviser to the president. >> that was press secretary day carney, punking the white house press corp, and not announcing that the president plans to announce jack lew to replace tim geithner. the president is expected to do that tomorrow. and hilda solis announced she will resign, while attorney general eric holder announced he will stay on for a second term. jay carney was asked this question about jack lew. >> working on a signature. >> the treasury secretary's signature, you see, appears on all reserve notes, dollar bills during his tenure. here is jack lew's signature, it really is. and here is what jack lew's signature would look like on a dollar bill. not everybody can have the style of john hancock. it was once said that the president had the handwriting that neared that of an illiterate. and of course, there is this, that signature? it may be more legible than jack lew, tim geithner's signature became the ver
as tomorrow jack lew is going to be named treasury secretary. you got a lot of us excited because you tweeted out jack lew's signature, it's the legit signature. this is the signature that's going to be on all the u.s. currency once he takes over as they recirculate the new bills. >> that signature is more in line with him being a doctor, andrea, maybe a reporter, not a secretary of the treasury. what i would say, somebody reminded me that tim geithner changed his signature a little bit when he became treasury secretary because he's going to be on the bill. so maybe. >> let's see it again. bring that picture back, because we just showed what it would look like. that is his signature. that's jack lew. if you want to go to him -- he may be a doctor, maybe he has a ph.d. he's not a medical doctor as far as i know. it's got to be the world's worst signature, looks more like a doodle. >> i wonder how he came up with it. >> assuming that's confirmed. one more quick thing, we showed you the picture that the white house photographer took of the president and his top advisers during one of the fiscal
republicans. >>> white house chief of staff jack lew will be nominated to replace treasury secretary timothy gooeithner. >>> those expected to stay on for the second term incruding attorney general eric holder. kathleen sebelius, arne duncan and a few others. >>> jack lew's signature which looks like a series of loops will be featured on american money, that looks like fun. >>> the french wine lobby in the u.s. is upset about part of the menu at the president's inauguration, because it didn't come from the champagne region of france, they complain the bottles of the inaugural wine should not be called sham pine according to american law. >>> beyonce will sing the national anthem at the ceremony. james taylor will be singing "america the beautiful." >>> walmart which else is the most guns in the u.s., wasn't planning on sending anyone to the meeting at the white house. now a company spokesman said, quote, we underestimated the expectation to attend the meeting on thursday in person so we're sending someone to represent. >>> john kerry joked that his cure for jet lag is listening to one of his
jack lew is expected to be nominated as secretary of treasury replacing timothy geithn geithner. underscoring a focus within the white house on the fiscal battles to come. including a showdown on the debt ceiling. look at his signature. here's what it would look like on its dollar bill. it makes my chicken scratch look good. >>> hilda solis announced that she's resigning. eric holder is staying on at least for now. also remaining on the job secretary of health and human services kathleen sebelius. ray lahood the only republican in the cabinet hasn't signaled whether or not he's leaving this administration. >>> hill kri clinton will be stepping down from her post in the coming weeks. we're not going to call it retirement? >> retirement? >> i don't know if that's the word i would use. certainly stepping off the very fast track for a little while. >> the obama administration pushing back after a picture taken in the oval office, this image by the photographer was featured on the front page yesterday of the "new york times." a group of men meeting with president. with top positions
'm interested in, for example, in the treasury secretary position, jack lew, you know, this is somebody who is a safe pair of hands. it's somebody who is not going to rock the boat, and i wonder if that doesn't represent kind of the hunkering down economically in a way kind of a saying, you know, we're not going to take on any new big topics. we're going to have to be battling the same -- >> you interpret that as hunkering because i think a lot of other people say -- and the "wall street journal" has plenty to say on this. team of liberal loyalists they write. "as budget director and chief of staff in the obama white house, mr. lew has been the president's most partisan and implaquable negotiator. he no doubt reflects mr. obama, but no one should think he'll emerge at his own in the treasury." >> i think you want pick garrett ginslerin. if you wanted to make big changes in jobs and investment, it would have been a more -- >> the first fight, though, is taking on congress, and that's -- >> that's a point of making. >> and one of the reasons they don't like him, so many republicans, that in 2
confidants, including jack lew, who has already held two top positions. >> i believe this man has been the architect of the obama budget policy. i believe it's very fundamentally wrong, and i do not believe he has been honest with the american people about it. >> several senate republicans have made it clear that jack lew will be a fight just as chuck hagel will be a fight, just as susan rice was a fight. the second problem for president obama is that so far his chosen bantd doesn't include any sisters, nor does it include any racial diversity. even members of his own party are expressing dismay. new york democrat charlie rangel called the lack of women embarrassing as hell and yesterday chairwoman of the congressional black caucus, marcia fudge wrote a letter urging the president to nominate two members of the cbc. bill, you are a former diverse member of the president's -- >> still diverse. >> yes. you remain diverse, though not sequestered at 1600 pennsylvania avenue, for which we are thankful. i wonder what you make about this contention that he is being too insular, a, in terms of
obama tapped jack lew to be the next secretary of the treasury. lew, a man i believe of good and strong values, currently is the president's white house chief of staff. before that he was director of the office of management and budget. the president urged congress to confirm him quickly. >> jack has my complete trust. i know i'm not alone in that. in the words of one former senator, having lew on your team is the equivalent as a coach of having the luxury of putting somebody at almost any position and knowing he will do well, and i could not agree more. >> that man standing there, jack lew, looks exactly the same when he was 25 years old working next to me in tip o'neill's office, exactly the same. i don't believe it. lew's nomination signals the president is putting on the upcoming budget battles with congress. we'll be right back. for over 60,000 california foster children, nights can feel long and lonely. i miss my sister. i miss my old school. i miss my room. i don't want special treatment. i just wanna feel normal. to help, sleep train is collecting pajamas for foster children, bi
position and knowing he will do well. >> but right on cue, here comes the republican outrage. jack lew must never become the secretary to the president. >> i've got a news flash for republicans. that's called being chief of staff. of course jack lew served the president. of course he's in the inner circle. that was his job. he was chief of staff. but this is now the gop's default reaction. opposed to everything the president does, no matter what it is. joining me now is joan walsh, editor at large of salon.com and former pennsylvania governor ed rendell now an nbc news analyst. thank you both for being here tonight. >> thank you, reverend al. >> governor, is this the best the gop's got? just don't do whatever? is the strategy going to succeed? >> first of all, it's pathetic. the american people understand traditionally, a president gets to the point he thinks the people will best serve him in the country. the only way they should be confirmed is if there's something in their background that's criminal. something in their background that's irresponsible. but jaek lew has been a good public s
's not any one of these appointments you could look at and say well, that didn't make sense. jack lew makes sense at treasury. it made sense to replace peter orszag, gene spurling and then austin goolsby with allen krueger. you have to wonder, can it really be the case that this white house, after four very difficult years in which people are very tired, in which they're very burnt out, in which they've been worn down by endless battles with the republicans, and in which the sort of natural dynamics of group thinking in a tightly knit administration have taken over, can it really be the case if they can benefit from bringing in new people with new voices and new experiences and a fresh perspective? a lot of people i talk to, some of them former members of the administration, think at this point that it is a big problem, that at this point the president needs to get out of his comfort zone in some of these appointments particularly on the economics side and bring in folks with a new perspective. yet that's balanced by the fact that they don't think jack lew is a bad guy or going to be a bad
unquote correct what they believe is distorted historical context. >>> everyone is talking about jack lew's loopy signature. >> i never noticed jack's signature and when this was highlighted yesterday in the press, i considered rescinding my offer to appoint him. jack assures me that he is going to work to make at least one letter ledgible in order not to debase our currency should he be confirmed as secretary of the treasury. >> and if you read only one thing this morning, if you never thought you would communicate with a friar, the largest group wants to prove you wrong. you've got to see how they are accepting prayer requests these days. it's up on our facebook page at faceboo faceboo facebook/jansingco. ♪ ♪ ♪ hi dad. many years from now, when the subaru is theirs... hey. you missed a spot. ...i'll look back on this day and laugh. love. it's what makes a subaru, a subaru. i'm up next, but now i'm singing the heartburn blues. hold on, prilosec isn't for fast relief. cue up alka-seltzer. it stops heartburn fast. ♪ oh what a relief it is! this reduced sodium soup says it may help
. >>> finally, the late night comedians weigh in on jack lew getting nominated for secretary of the treasury. well, mostly his signature. >> there are big problems with this guy. >> many republicans really just don't get along with this guy. they don't agree with his philosophy. they think he's really hard to deal with in negotiations. >> no, no, no, jimmy, none of that, no, jimmy, no. no, we're talking about the big problem. >> there is jack lew's signature. we could have a pretty ugly signature on our dollar bill. >> our money should have nothing ridiculous on it, just old men in wigs and pyramids with eyes. i even, is this even a signature or did he start drawing charlie brown and give up after the hair? >> hey, lew, here is a tip, stop signing all your checks on the tea cup ride at disney world. the only way that you're allowed to have that as your signature is if your name is boing. >>> up next, president obama meets with afghan president hamid karzai at the white house and one thing is clear, we're getting out of afghanistan and we're getting out sooner rather than later. and you're wa
. keelove strong. >>> obama's nominee for treasury secretary jack lew is facing criticism because his signature, which will appear on the dollar bill, is complete lly illegible. look at his signature. this is real. in response, lew is like, i will fix this or my name is -- there's some political news here. president obama recently came under fire from republicans over the lack of diversity in his cabinet. then obama said, you guys know i'll be there too, right? >>> well, it's time for other entertainment news. it's the cia versus the lapd at the box office this weekend. after being in limited release for the past few weeks "zero dark thirty" is going wide, fresh off its five oscar nominations. but "gangster squad" may take first place this weekend thanks to box office draws ryan gosling and emma stone. >>> so what does 9-year-old quvenzhane wallis want to do now that she's nominated for on can oscar? what any other 9-year-old would want to do. go on a shopping spree and eat pizza. >>> justin bieber may have a dopplpganger. >>> and justin timberlake and beyonce both announced new music
. ♪ >>> president obama will nominate his chief of staff over at the white house, jack lew, to be the next treasury secretary. >> it's going to be his signature, right, on the bottom of all our currency. it will look something like this. >> that -- that's your signature? or are you just testing to see if the pen works? hey, lew, here's a tip. stop signing all your checks on the teacup ride at disney world. the only way that you're allowed to have that as your signature is if your name is boing! >> he does have a funny signature. welcome back to "morning joe." richard wolffe and donny deutsch are still with us. >> beautiful sunrise. >> it is beautiful. >> beautiful. >> beautiful friday morning. >> what's that in the background blinking? >> a chopper. >> another chopper. let's stay on this shot. this may get interesting. >> no. joining the table -- good lord -- "new york times" columnist gail collins. it's good to have you on board this morning. >> good to be here. it's friday. >> it is friday. >> yeah. >> nice silence. >> you know -- >> you know what alex just said to me? >> what's that? >> let's do
of staff jack lew of management and budget is considered to be tim geithner's most likely successor and that's deputy national security adviser denis mcdonough. anything could change, but those could be the most likely picks. other members of the administration suggest they're heading for the exits and you would assume the stuff starts ranking up in the next week or so. lisa jackson announced her departure at the end of january and rebecca blank who took over in june after secretary bryson went on medical leave. also expected to leave ray lahood and ken salazar and steven chu. likely with appointments of lew and mcdonough you'll hear more voices demanding more diversity in that cabinet, if you will. how does the president end up solving that problem and create a cabinet that, "looks like america." >>> all right, picking a fight over the president's pentagon pick. one thing the left and the right can agree on. chuck hagel may have an uphill battle in the senate. next, we'll get the view from both sides. former romney campaign adviser dan seymour and dan clemens will be here for a deb
for treasury secretary jack lew. why did you do that? >> well, jack is a decent guy. he's a smart guy. he's been in public service for a long time. but frankly, i am really tired of the president, and i support the president, continuing to appoint folks who come from wall street. we need people at the -- in the treasury department, secretary of treasury, who are going to have the guts to stand up to wall street. to ask why we are not, for example, breaking up the six largest financial institutions, ed, that have assets equivalent to 2/3 of the gdp of the united states. to ask questions about how we got into this recession in the first place, which has everything to do with the greed and recklessness and illegal behavior on wall street. to ask why it is there are people watching the show paying 25% interest rates on their credit cards. those are my concerns. we need somebody at the department of treasury who's going to have the guts to take on wall street and not simply come from wall street. >> senator, great to have you with us tonight. obviously, we'll do it again. i appreciate it so mu
this signature on the paper dollar. douglas dillon. now that jack lew is to succeed, the problem is this. the squirrely signature. it's going to show on the paper money if he's confirmed. offered up some comparisons to his signature. the crazy straw you get at six flags. a slip of paper you used to test out pens in office max. and a classic. the hair of peanuts character sally brown. there it is too. >>> up next, can anyone save the republican party from itself? the answer may be on the cover of the new "time" magazine. there it is. you're watching "hardball," the place for politics. with the spark cash card from capital one, sven gets great rewards for his small business! how does this thing work? oh, i like it! [ garth ] sven's small business earns 2% cash back on every purchase, every day! woo-hoo!!! so that's ten security gators, right? put them on my spark card! why settle for less? testing hot tar... great businesses deserve great rewards! [ male announcer ] the spark business card from capital one. choose unlimited rewards with 2% cash back or double miles on every purchase, every
cabinet announcements in chuck hagel and just yesterday jack lew and while not a cabinet position, the president nominated john brennan to head the cia. all three posts need to be confirmed when the senate gets back to work. and speaking of approval, the president will kick off his second term seven points more popular than the first-term average flying in the face of history, though it's still early. five of the seven u.s. presidents re-elected since world war ii have been less popular in the second terms. so can the president use early momentum to push the policy agenda? let's spin. guys, i have been saying for a while now i think that his second term he's going the see a lot more pushback from the friends on the left than his foes on the right. for one, he's been re-elected. i think the gop has generally resigned themselves to the fact that they're going to be four more years to obama and they have a little less incentive to hang him for every misstep he has but democrats are incentives to watch him more carefully. one, payment, you know, a number of groups, unions for one, inv
that jack lew is to succeed, the problem is this. the squirrely signature. it's going to show on the paper money if he's confirmed. offered up some comparisons to his signature. the crazy straw you get at six flags. a slip of paper you used to test out pens in office max. and a classic. the hair of peanuts character sally brown. there it is too. >>> up next, can anyone save the republican party from itself? the answer may be on the cover of the new "time" magazine. there it is. you're watching "hardball," the place for politics. >>> welcome back to "hardball." up, up, up. chris christie's stock is rising in jersey after befriending the president and taking on his own party in hurricane sandy relief money. take a look at these numbers. you don't see these in politics much. a 73% approval rating among new jersey voters. 73%. even higher approval among independents. and 62% among democrats. when you look at traditional democratic voting blocks, christie's at 70% approval among women. 69% among non-white voters. 62% in homes with a public employee. and he may be the man to get the gop back on
. this afternoon, the president is expected to announce another appointment to his cabinet. jack lew as the next contrary sorry secretary. right now, lew is the president's chief of staff but he's been budget director and a veteran of the clinton administration. lew is also the fourth white man to be chosen to fill the president's second-term cabinet. and the white house is feeling the heat on this. l.a. times writes, the cabinet may not meet its own diversecy standards. "the national journal" why obama's white-guy problem seems worse than it is. and "washington post," obama needs some binders of women. and it didn't help when hilda solis announced her resignation yesterday. let me bring in political reporter for "the washington post" and staff writer sarah toeplitz. >> good morning. >> good morning. >> let me read to you part of ruth marcus' column. "not an outrage, but a shame. the face of power that president obama has chosen to present to the country and the world with his second term cabinet picks is striking. except for the african-american top of the pyramid for its retro look. white and
knowledge from the administration on that fact. if he sends up jack lew, that will be a tough nomination. >> chip, what do you think? tim geithner stepping down. how do you think it's going to impact? do you think, either of you, if the president were to ask tim geithner to stick around at least through that, like, listen, friend, can you extend this another six weeks because i don't want to go through a nomination fight in the middle of all of this as well, don't you think tim geithner would say okay? >> one thing i learned in politics, if the president of the united states asks you to do something, you usually do it. you do it enthusiastically. i think timothy geithner, i agree with what jimmy was saying, i think he knew for a long time he was leaving. they've had a long time to get their successor in place. i think it is going to be jack lew for a variety of reasons. in this fiscal cliff debate, we saw jack on the sideline and not fighting with the senators. think he was saving him for this nomination process. i think it is going to be jack. >> good to see you both. thanks, guys. >>>
commonly is jack lew. but he's not a clear candidate yet at least. secretary geithner has been very instrumental in talking to the congress for the last couple years about the budget and about the debt ceiling. he was very involved in 2011. he's obviously been very involved the last couple of months. if he leaves, i think we could -- it really depends who takes over for him. but i think we're -- i think we're looking at a lot of big issues to face before march and so it's really going to come down to who that person is that takes over. >> yeah, certainly. have to talk a little bit of football because we always talk about the commercials and the super bowl and how much money they bring in. there are reports that it might have the ad sales looking a little less hot, sexy, if you will, this year. are you hearing anything about that? and if so, what's behind it? >> about ad sales? >> yeah. well, no. about the content of them. i mean, remember all the talk about how sexy they are and, look it, i mean, they are painting on naked bodies here and you have, you know, all that. i mean, is the
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